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Verizon Blocking New Activations of Most non-VoLTE Phones on Verizon Postpaid and Prepaid June 30

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On Wednesday we learned that Verizon is allowing its MVNOs to activate 3G and Non-VoLTE phones until December 31, 2018. That's an extension from the original June 30, 2018 cut off date for activating these devices  There was speculation as to whether the new December 31 deadline would also apply to Verizon itself, including Verizon Prepaid.

Today we got the answer. The National Wireless Independent Dealer Association (NWIDA) reported on its blog that Verizon is mostly sticking with the June 30, 2018 cutoff for new 3G and non-VoLTE phone activations on its own branded services.

There are a few exceptions for specific non LTE and non VoLTE devices. The exceptions are:

  • The LG Gizmo Pal 2 (LG-VC110 and LG-VC110B) and LG Gizmo Gadget (LG-VC200 and LG-VC200B) child tracking wearables can be activated on Verizon postpaid until September 30, 2018.
  • The LG Zone 3 (LG-VS425PP and LG-VS425LPP), LG Zone 2 (LG-VS415PP), Moto G Play (MOTXT1609PP) and Samsung Galaxy J1 (SM-J100VLPP) LTE Android phones and the Samsung Gusto 3 (SMB311VZPP) 3G flip phone can be on activated on Verizon Prepaid until December 31, 2018.
  • As reported earlier, Vertizon MVNOs will still be able to activate any Verizon compatible device, including 3G and non-VoLTE phones, until December 31, 2018.

Verizon is also restricting the types of changes customers with grandfathered 3G and non-VoLTE phones can make to their accounts. From July 1, 2018 until June 30, 2019 customers can still make the following changes:

  • Device ID changes (I believe this means changing to a different supported 3G or non-LTE device) 
  • Phone number changes 
  • Plan changes
  • Suspend and resume service 
  • Reactivate phone numbers

Starting July 1, 2019, customers with a grandfathered 3G or non-VoLTE device will not be able to:

  • Make rate plan and feature changes
  • Change their phone number
  • Restore accounts from Hotline and Suspend status
  • Restore de-Activations that were made in error
  • Make SIM changes on existing non-VoLTE devices

Users with grandfathered devices can switch to Verizon approved VoLTE capable phones or LTE capable data devices at any time.

On December 31, 2019, the Verizon 2G and 3G networks will be shut down. 3G devices will no longer connect to the network and non-VoLTE LTE phones will not be able to make or recieve phone calls.

Source NWIDA (1), (2)

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  1. I wonder what happens to new, unactivated Verizon prepaid phones that are not LTE. They become useless? Or will Verizon open them up to be used on MVNOs until the end of the year?

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    1. Those flip phones you're talking about are about the right thickness to be used as door stops at this point.

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    2. Surprisingly, many, many people still want flip phones and will pay good money to have one.

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    3. I know people who pay good money for AMC Pacers and Gremlins and 8-track players and cartridges as well.

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    4. Jon Vitrano the flip phones are useful for those that spend several hours each day talking on their phones because they are lightweight and usually have superior voice clarity than smartphones. The prepaid Verizon Samsung Gusto 3 is an example of that type of flip phone but will only be useful until the end of 2019.

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    5. My iPhone is the main comm center for my life and career, but I don't use it much for calls. A small, beautifully-made, ergonomic flip (like my Moto K1) is perfect for voice calls and much safer to use in the car. Just flip to answer and hang up, touch for speakerphone. The keyboard is so well designed I can dial without looking at the keys.
      For rugged outdoor use I switch to a Kyocera DuraXT. Virtually indestructible, and it even works under water (no, I don't do that).

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  2. Fred Flintstone is going to have to get a new phone

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    1. Fred and Wilma will feel right at home with a LG Exalt or Kyocera XV LTE flip phone. They will work fine after the shutdown.

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    2. Both of the phones you list are burners of poor quality.

      However, as The Flintstones haven't discovered fire yet, burners might be just what they need.

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    3. These flips are VERY high quality. Fred needs the Dura; too many rocks around and it's indestructible. Wilma should probably get one too - it even works under water. But they will need a couple of new solar chargers cause the plug has changed. These flips are so simple to use even a caveman like you could use one!
      Flips are making a comeback, as everyone who isn't living in a cave off the grid knows.

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  3. What happens to current users of TracFone-Verizon who have a non-VoLTE smartphone? Based on the last paragraph -- "On December 31, 2019, the Verizon 2G and 3G networks will be shut down. 3G devices will no longer connect to the network and non-VoLTE LTE phones will not be able to make or recieve phone calls." -- no more phone calls after Dec 31 2019? All those TracFone balances going to waste huh!

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    1. Poof!
      Unless they upgrade phone or get a free one via USF taxpayers. If they want a feature phone they can switch trac networks and keep the balance.

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  4. Just rip the bandaid off, shut it down (shut it all down), and move on to 5G.

    There's no sense dragging this out for the next two years, plus the investors will love the influx of new phone sales.

    Then they can "force" another run on the inventory once their 5G devices come out.

    If they wait until 2019 then 3G peeps may only buy a single phone, and that would be terrible.

    Hopefully Big Red will just grit their teeth, take the plunge and then walk off the pain like a wealthy man with great health insurance.

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  5. New and unused old tech can be worth a lot. Check out what brand new Sony Discman cd player go for.

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    1. A South Korean wireless operator found a big cache of iPhone 3GS in a warehouse, new in Apple boxes. They are checking them and selling for $40. Excellent value for many people, especially when a new SE costs $454 in SK.

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    2. They could sell these iPhone 3GS in the US as the iPhone XI. Tout such an amazing advancements as an audio jack that lets you plug a wide variety of third-party headphones into it, and the amazing innovation of notch-free design.

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    3. You forgot to mention the sexy, curved back that feels so good in your hands. And you won't get addicted to video with only a 3.5" screen, so you could try to write it off as a medical device or at least buy it using your HSA.

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  6. I have a Gizmo Gadget for my son and it's not activating! They are sending me a 2nd replacement - for their old 3G one! I only bought it 3 months ago! Anyone else having a problem!

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